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Making the Modern World–groups

See ground-breaking inventions—from the earliest steam train to medical breakthroughs—that have changed our lives, Recommended for all ages.


Our history is embedded in the objects we have invented, made and used. Making the Modern World displays a series of remarkable objects which represent new developments in technology, science and medicine—the events that have framed our world. Iconic displays include:

  • Babbage's Difference Engine No. 1
  • Crick and Watson's model of DNA
  • The Apollo 10 Command Module
  • A jumper knitted with wool from Dolly the Sheep

The gallery also covers themes relating to Health and Medicine Through Time courses.

Gallery Guide

Use our practical guide to help you make the most of this gallery

It includes a map of the gallery, key objects not to be missed and discussion questions to try out with your group during the visit.

This gallery is open access and you can explore at any time during your visit. We do not allocate specific time slots so you can fit it around other activities that you may have booked.

This page is for educational groups; for general visitor information, please see the main gallery page.